Zelda Dawn Noland Stead is a sweet, sweet spirit in heaven, joining her parents; brother, husband, and grandson, lee, on Nov. 14, 2015.
Zelda was born to Wilma Lee Pitman Noland and William Austin Noland on May 29, 1930. She was the second of three children. She had an older brother, Roger, and she has a younger sister, Connie.
Suddenly losing her mother at the age of 11, Zelda became a responsible young woman overnight. She was forever credited by her father for holding the young family together.
Zelda married Jonas Kenneth Stead, the only love of her life, on June 17, 1946, upo his return from the U. S. Navy.
She played a vital role in the Rifle Falls Hatchery becoming a showplace from the 50’s thru the early 80s. Her golden, green thumb produced petunias, geraniums, baby’s breath, (the flowers that she started from seed in her green house). These flowers adorned all the flower beds at the hatchery during her 28 years as the wife of its superintendent, Kenny Stead.
She was an excellent seamstress. She and Kenny used their many talents to turn their basement into santa’s workshop. Christmas was very special! Grandchildren never wanted to leave her happy home!
Zelda was a sweet kind, humble, loving sister, wife, mother, grandmother, and friend.
Sharing in the loss of Zelda is her sister, Connie; her three daughters, Sandra, Sherry, and Sunny; a “very special son” John Andeatta; her “favorite” son-in-law, Dee Keithley; six grandchildren; Coy, Clay, Dawn, Lynn< Kenn, and Amanda; 12 great-grandchildren; Kohl, Gaije, Jonas Dillon, Parker Joe, Tagerty, John Thomas, Sean, Henry, Ursaula, Kristina, Shylar, and Chase; five great-great-grandchildren; Shea, Tempie, Max, Mila and Natalee; a new baby on the way and may friends.
A special; thank you to Doctor Heath Cotter and his nurses at Grand River.